PETER Lovenkrands hopes to build on his derby return to the Newcastle United team – and fulfil his aim of reaching a century of goals.
The striker has been stranded on 99 career goals since finding the net against Blackburn Rovers in October last year, and he admits he would love to reach 100 as soon as possible.
He said: “I’d love to get another goal so I can reach my 100th one. I’m on 99 so I’m just one away, but if I’m to have any chance then I need to be on the pitch to have an opportunity to score it.
“Since I got those goals earlier in the season I have been stuck on 99 so it’s been a bit frustrating.
“All I can do is hope a chance comes my way, and that I’m able to take it.”
Lovenkrands has found the net three times for Newcastle this season – all of the goals coming in the League Cup.
Having netted a brace against Nottingham Forest last September, he added an extra-time strike in the 4-3 defeat to Blackburn.
The striker has found his chances of first-team action limited this term, but is hoping to force his way back into the reckoning.
Lovenkrands came off the bench in the 89th minute in the 1-1 draw against arch-rivals Sunderland at the weekend, and says he will be doing all he can to get more time on the pitch.
“It’s been a bit tough for me personally this season,” he said.
“I started well and scored three goals in four games, but since then I haven’t had a lot of time on the field.
“The new boys (Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse) have been going well, and I’ve just got to keep working well and hopefully I’ll get another chance.”
Whether or not he is forced to wait for that chance, Lovenkrands says that he won’t be knocking on manager Alan Pardew’s door to demand a place in the side.
He added: “I’m not the type of player to let my head drop or complain. No matter how things go I’ll still work hard in training and put a shift whenever I’m called on.
“It’s all about proving myself and waiting for my opportunity, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Newcastle’s next game is away to Arsenal on Monday night.